TOP-popular excursions and entertainment in Veliky Ustyug
Agree, in the midst of autumn, when there is nothing left until the end of the year, you just need to start planning a winter vacation with your children on vacation. There are many cities in Russia that are especially popular with organized groups of schoolchildren and families with children during the New Year and Christmas holidays. Among them is Veliky Ustyug with its unique New Year programs.
Veliky Ustyug is perhaps the most important city in Russia during the winter holidays and New Year's holidays, because it is here that Father Frost lives and his patrimony is located. In this northern town, like nowhere else, winter magic is intertwined, a wonderful holiday, dreams that it is on these holidays that something that has been dreamed of for a long time will happen, and a real miracle will happen.
Among other things, the old town in the Vologda region attracts tourists from all over the country with its northern beauty of nature, unique architectural buildings, temples and churches, interesting history, traditions and original art. Young tourists and their parents can get to know the city even better during the New Year holidays with interesting excursions and master classes offered by the Orbita family and children's tour operator.
In winter, the homeland of Santa Claus turns into a wonderful fairy tale that will be remembered for a long time by his guests. The leisure and entertainment program includes many excursions to museums, exhibitions and handicrafts, dancing, songs and winter fun. And, of course, you cannot do without the most important thing - a visit to the patterned tower of Santa Claus in a pine forest, where all kinds of entertainment await guests.
Father Frost's land is the main New Year brand of Veliky Ustyug and the official residence of the winter wizard. Many go there in the first place, because it is here that a complete immersion in a fairy tale inhabited by sorcerers and wizards, inhabitants of an enchanted forest, mystical stories, interactive games and winter fun takes place.
You can read about the incredible adventures that can happen visiting Santa Claus in one of our previous articles. But still let us briefly dwell on the most remarkable. Guests of Terem will walk along the Path of Fairy Tales, visit Grandfather's Zoo and Winter Garden, watch the stars at the observatory through a magic telescope, get acquainted with the amazing collection of gifts in the Santa Claus library and admire his fabulous outfits, woven by skilled craftswomen. And, of course, they will meet with the keeper of New Year's miracles and the main wizard - Santa Claus.
The old northern cities are gorgeous and charming in winter. The ancient architectural buildings of Veliky Ustyug look harmoniously in a snow setting. The variety of cathedrals, churches, temples, museums, merchant houses is amazing. And this is definitely a must see.
The house of the merchant Usov is a stone building of the late 18th century in the style of classicism. Today it houses the main exposition introducing the history of the city from the 12th century to the beginning of the 20th century.
On the Cathedral Courtyard (the oldest square and the main place in the city), the majestic Assumption Cathedral rises (by the way, this is the first city cathedral in the entire Russian North, built of stone).
The Cathedral of Procopius the Righteous, erected in the 17th century on the Cathedral Court, is a functioning temple with a unique iconostasis representing the Ustyug painting of the 17th-18th centuries.
With the online store of tickets "Tickets Tour" you can make a fabulous gift for your child - go with him on a tour to Santa Claus. Well, that you did not go every year on the wonderful express to Hogwarts, but went to a regular school!
Become a wizard for your children and create a winter New Year's miracle: bring them to Veliky Ustyug and lead them along the path of fairy tales. She will lead you to the carved tower - the house of Santa Claus.
Every year the faithful helpers of the magician prepare a new program, waiting for the children who come for a miracle. One day on the patrimony of Santa Claus is fantastic memories forever.
Santa Claus invites guests to the glorious city of Veliky Ustyug. There is always a festive atmosphere here. As soon as you come to the patrimony of your favorite children's wizard, the New Year begins. Let it be pretend, and not according to the calendar - for kids, dates are not very important. They need a holiday, fun, surprises and gifts.
A special train will take everyone to the celebration who loves fun, believes in miracles and takes care of a ticket in advance. During the New Year holidays, the residence of Santa Claus turns into a large theatrical playground for children and adults.
A trip to Santa Claus in Veliky Ustyug is the most unforgettable New Year's gift for your children. After all, making a wish, which is likely to come true, is best in the homeland of Santa Claus.
Traveling by rail is very convenient. Tours from St. Petersburg and Moscow are well organized. On the train, tourists will be offered hot meals; by bus, they will be taken to the wizard's estate, where they will have a fun excursion, entertainment and lunch in a cafe.
There is very little time left until the New Year. There is still time to think about whether to go on a winter vacation to visit Santa Claus. Moreover, if your child still believes in fairy tales and a real Santa Claus.
Almost all modern children know that Santa Claus lives somewhere far in the North in his house and on New Year's Eve delivers gifts on three white horses and fulfills their cherished desires. In my childhood, Santa Claus was a kind of mythical and ephemeral character from a fairy tale who suddenly suddenly appeared on New Year's Eve and disappeared again for a whole year.
The idea of going to visit Santa Claus seemed then absolutely absurd and, probably, did not even occur to anyone. And this is not surprising, because Santa Claus was "homeless", and no one even approximately knew about his place of residence. Now everything is different. At the end of the 20th century, our Russian Father Frost decided to acquire real estate after all and “chose” a place to build his fabulous mansion in the ancient Russian city of Veliky Ustyug.
Probably, first of all, because it is ancient (the first settlements appeared in the 12th century) and "Great".
This city, located on the banks of the Sukhona River in the north-east of the Vologda Oblast, received this name for special services in the history of Russia. Our Santa Claus is probably comfortable here: winter frost and snow - what could be better!
In addition, Veliky Ustyug is rich in its historical monuments. Numerous churches, temples, cathedrals and monasteries (among which more than 20 belong to the 17-18 centuries), beautiful old houses amaze with their architecture and are stunningly beautiful. You can see all these beauties if you have time left after the implementation of the main purpose of the trip - visiting Santa Claus.
The Residence of Father Frost is located in Veliky Ustyug itself. Here you can visit the mail of Santa Claus, where letters from children come.
By the way, you can write a letter to Santa Claus at the address: 162390, Russia, Vologda Region, Veliky Ustyug, Santa Claus Mail or on the website: pochta-dm. u.
From here you can also send a letter or a greeting card to friends and family with an autograph and seal of Santa Claus, get acquainted in the workshops with the secrets of the famous northern crafts (Vologda lace-making, birch bark carving, northern painting), visit a shop, where you can buy magical souvenirs and original gifts, or in the museum. And the most important thing is to meet Santa Claus in the Throne Room and sit on his fabulous throne.
The official website of Santa Claus in Veliky Ustyug: www. om-dm. u.
Just 13 kilometers from the city in a pine forest is the main attraction - the magic patrimony of Santa Claus (www. otchina-dm. u).
The ancient city, founded on the banks of the Sukhona River back in 1207, is exactly the place to go for travelers who want not only to get a lot of vivid impressions, but also to comprehend the soul of the Russian North, to be imbued with its unique charm. The sights of Veliky Ustyug, photos and descriptions of which you will find in the article, are in many ways unique. The city has existed for over 800 years, retaining an amazing identity. Its coat of arms depicts the ancient god Neptune, and in a wonderful palace on one of the streets, Santa Claus and Snow Maiden are "registered".
In addition to the stunning churches and cathedrals, which we will talk about separately, the city has a few more symbols. You should first of all see these iconic sights of Veliky Ustyug.
Having made a half-hour trip to the suburbs of Veliky Ustyug, you will find yourself in a world of wonders - the fabulous estate of Father Frost. First, the guests will be invited to a magnificent tower where the beloved character of folklore lives with his forever young granddaughter. Here, young and adult visitors will be shown the Throne Room, the Gift Room, and the Storeroom of fairy tales. The excursion will continue with a visit to the Glacier, where Santa Claus lives in hot summer. A walk through the Winter Garden, an island of the tropics inhabited by colorful exotic plants, will give a child a lot of impressions. And, of course, children will be able to ride from the colorfully decorated slides, take part in contests and quizzes organized by animators.
Semyon Dezhnev is perhaps the most famous native of Veliky Ustyug. Therefore, the monument to the great traveler and sailor, to whom many modern scientists give the laurels of the discoverer of the Bering Strait, is especially honored by the townspeople. The stone statue of the Cossack chieftain is installed on a cylindrical pedestal. On the pylon behind him are bas-reliefs telling about episodes from the life and campaigns of Dezhnev, who made an invaluable contribution to Russian geographical science.
The glory of the city of craftsmen to Veliky Ustyug was brought by real masterpieces from precious metals, which have been created by local craftsmen for more than 300 years. Their creations are striking in their originality, inimitable subtlety of work. Fine, accented or gilded cutlery with the brand of the plant is extremely highly valued by art critics, more than once they have received the highest awards at prestigious international exhibitions. The exposition of the exhibition hall presents the best creations of the successors of the glorious traditions of the ancient Russian craft, revived in the 30s of the last century by the famous master M. Chirkov.
Veliky Ustyug is the most beautiful city in the Vologda region and one of the oldest cities in Russia. It was founded in 1147. Ustyug got its name from its location at the mouth of the Yug River. And he became Great in the 16th century, when it turned into an important center of trade. After some time, trade routes moved towards the Baltic Sea, and the city lost its economic importance. But in 1999 it was declared the birthplace of Santa Claus. Now Veliky Ustyug can rightfully be called one of the key destinations for winter holidays in the country. Hundreds of thousands of tourists come here for the New Year's atmosphere.
In addition to meeting with Grandfather Frost, Veliky Ustyug pleases its guests with a beautiful Russian winter with creaky and shimmering snow, sleigh rides and many other amusements.
A trip to Veliky Ustyug is a worthy alternative to a trip to Lapland. The homeland of Santa Claus boasts a fairly well-developed infrastructure for recreation and entertainment.
Most travelers come to Ustyug for two or three days - just right to get to know the city and visit the residence. And time remains for fun. There are a lot of leisure options here: riding on reindeer and dog sledding, on rides, snowmobiles, skiing or from slides on cheesecakes, round dances, games, carnivals, theatrical shows with the participation of fairy-tale characters, master classes, exhibitions, excursions.
Veliky Ustyug is a great option for a trip with the whole family. Young children will especially enjoy this trip. Most of the entertainment in the estate of the main fairytale hero is focused on them. The main thing is to stock up on warm clothes and shoes, i.e. many activities take place outside.
In winter, tour operators offer about 10 options for tours to Veliky Ustyug for parents with children. The duration can be from 1 to 7 days. Tour programs are rich, so you definitely won't be bored in the hotel room.
The opinion that in Veliky Ustyug may be interesting only to children is wrong. For adults, the festive atmosphere of this city becomes a real discovery - after all, one wants to believe in miracles at any age. Those interested in architecture and history will certainly want to see the ancient temples and merchant houses. In addition, it is always nice to escape from the bustle of the metropolis and just walk along the cozy streets of a provincial town or pine forest, go fishing or arrange a snowmobile ride.
You can stay both in the city itself and on the territory of the residence of Father Frost. Within Veliky Ustyug there are about 15 hotels of different levels and many offers for private apartments. And in the estate there are several hotels and cottages for rent.
In the second half of December - the first half of January, it is not recommended to go to Ustyug spontaneously, because. there may be problems finding a place to sleep. During the New Year holidays, hotels are filled to capacity. Therefore, it is necessary to book accommodation in advance, ideally in the summer. The rest of the time, placement problems usually do not arise. But it is still better to think about a hotel or a cottage in advance.
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